Spike Lee remembers performing with Prince at Madison Square Garden
Alongside Alicia Keys, Naomi Campbell, and his wife and kids.
The Knicks beating the Bulls at Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in 1994. John Starks’ famous dunk against the Bulls in 1993. Larry Johnson’s game-winning four-point play against the Pacers in 1999. And many others.
Spike Lee, the New York Knicks’ number one fan has been at Madison Square Garden for many magical moments. However, in December 2010, Lee had many his best experience at MSG.
He was a fan in the audience watching his good friend Prince rock the stage as part of the sold-out “Welcome 2 America” tour stop. Towards the end, while Sheila E. was also onstage singing “Love Bizarre,” The Purple One brought out Lee himself, along with Jamie Foxx, Questlove, Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg, Sinbad, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, and Naomi Campbell.
“And my wife Tanya and my two children,” Lee said on Saturday (June 3) while in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn hosting the second annual “Prince Born Day” celebration.
“It’s a stage in ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena,’ Madison Square Garden. That was a great moment. We aren’t expecting that,” Lee said.
Lee’s son Jackson, who was just around 10 years old at the time, also remembers being in front of the crowd with his parents and sister Satchel.
“We were at the Garden,” Jackson told. “It was my first big introduction to Prince. It was the last song. He called us all up and I stole a tambourine from one of the backup singers. I was running along the edge of the stage. With the tambourine. It was crazy. It was dope.”
Spike later took the tambourine and started playing it himself. Today (June 7) is Prince’s birthday and all across the world his family, friends, and fans are celebrating. Even the governor of his home state of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, has declared this coming Friday (June 9) as “Prince Day.” The icon would have been 59.